Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop! If you’ve arrived from Pip or have started here, you are very welcome. I know Pip will have shared something gorgeous, especially as she recently reached a career milestone and I know she feels thankful!
I was really pleased when the team decided on this month’s theme of “Feeling Thankful”. Right now, I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m especially thankful that my sister Liz’s cancer was found early enough to treat and that the amazing advancements in modern medicine mean that she is being treated successfully (she lives in the US). She’s recently had scans which show her tumour is reducing – her oncologist said that the results were very positive. And last week, MRI scans showed that there are no spots on her brain, thanks to the radiotherapy she had several months ago – the best possible outcome. So, massive celebrations all around! On top of that, I fly out tomorrow morning to spend a week with Liz and Martin (my brother). It will be brilliant to see them – it’s hard being so far away when something like this is happening. I’m also thankful that my dad spent a few days here this week. He has spent a lot of the last few months in the States, not surprisingly, so we’ve not seen much of each other. It was lovely to spend some time with him and try to spoil him a bit.
So, onto my card! Given the theme, I just had to reach for the Painted Harvest set. I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few of us did! I intended to use the sunflower as part of my design but I couldn’t find the centre stamp (found it now, of course!) and actually I’m really pleased with how this ended up – I had to think outside the box a little.
My base is Cajun Craze and I’ve stamped on Very Vanilla using Old Olive for the leaves – where I added detail, that was Old Olive too. The acorns are stamped in Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry, all very Autumnal! I heat embossed the sentiment in copper and used the triple banner punch on one end, then backed it with Cajun Craze. I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals. Finally, I added a few sneak peeks to the envelope – you want people to know it’s a hand stamped card, right?
Next up is Gina – I know she’ll have something beautiful to share with us. Click on the button below to hop to her, or these’s a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.
See you soon for another Christmas card and next month for the next hop. Thanks for joining us today – I hope you have things to be thankful for today.
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I recently shared a card using the coming soon Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the new in colours. Today’s card uses both again.
I just love the two step stamps of the watermark style background paired with the detailed flower. Here, I used the gorgeous, I’m so excited I can’t bear it, Lemon Lime Twist (let’s just say I have a cardigan in this colour) paired with Fresh Fig. I repeated the simple layout from before, but this time went with a one layer Thick Whisper White card and then stamped my sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Fresh Fig cut out with then layering oval framelits , layered onto a larger Stitched Oval framelit in Fresh Fig. You’ll notice that I stamped off the Lemon Lime Twist backgrounds apart from one, for contrast. I glued the ovals together and then popped them up using dimensionals. And that’s it!
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See you at the weekend!
I had a lovely long weekend with time for lots of crafting! I planned projects for our upcoming retreat on June 10th, played with new products, made in-colour bookmarks to send out to my customers with their catalogues and also started working on a challenge set by my upline Eimear – to create and send 10 cards using our stashes of DSP! I have a lot of DSP and was surprised at how much fun I had cutting and using it! We demos are renowned for looking at it, stroking it and saving it but not actually using it! Those cards will feature soon. But today I want to share a Thank You card I created. My recipient won’t get it until tomorrow but I’m confident she doesn’t look at my blog so I’m safe to share it!
I *love* the new in-colours and I think you are going to, too. For the first time, I love all of them and can’t wait to have some classes featuring them. I also used the new stamp set Oh So Eclectic and although I was a bit ho-hum about to to start with, it has really grown on me. So versatile and the two-stamp flowers are gorgeous.
My base is thick Whisper White, with a skinny Berry Burst mat surrounding the top layer of Whisper White. I stamped the background stamp first, in Powder Pink, with the outline stamp on top in Berry Burst. The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Berry Burst – both these are new in-colours. I used a Thank You sentiment inside. This is a quick and easy but elegant card, and straightforward to reproduce. It looks great as a one layer card too.
A hint for lining your flower stamps up – this is a clear mount set but I really didn’t want to use the stamp-a-ma-jig – too fiddly and time-consuming for this card. I discovered that the rubber outline of the detailed stamp marries up to the larger background shape, making it easy to align them.
Hope you like it and it whets your appetite for all the wonderful new things coming soon! And don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June. See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.
See you at the weekend!
I recently posted about a card I’d created using the lovely Sale-a-bration (SAB) free stamp set, So Very Much. My post is here if you want to have another look. For a class last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea, this time taking my colour inspiration from another SAB freebie, the Carried Away DSP. The colours are Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder. I recently stocked up on the in colour re-inkers so I was good to go! The baby wipe technique is used to create a multicoloured “inkpad” and by stamping in Versamark first, you can add the clear embossing powder, giving a real shine to the sentiment once it’s heat embossed.
This card has an extra layer – I didn’t like my Whisper white layer straight onto the Carried Away DSP pattern I’d chosen, so I added a skinny Night of Navy border between them. It’s not obvious, but you’d notice if it wasn’t there, I think. I chose Watermelon Wonder as the base colour – I love the combination of this with Night of Navy – it’s a real favourite. I’m really sad that Watermelon Wonder will be retiring in June along with the rest of the 2015-2017 in colours as I’ve come to love it, but we’ll have five new in colours to play with and enjoy. I have to admit that I really hadn’t taken to one of the colours we got last year – Peekaboo Peach – and this is the first card I’ve made that uses it. But I really like the effect it’s added to my colour mix on this card. So much so that I used it even more obviously in another card, which I’ll share another time.
Don’t forget that we are in the last days of Sale-a-bration now! You only have until 31st March to grab one of these limited edition freebies. Some things will start to be unavailable – glimmer paper is already sold out in the US, so if you want something specific, don’t delay.
If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me. Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me. As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.
If you have a really long wish list (I know I did!) then consider signing up as a demo and joining my team. It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free! If you are interested and want my help choosing your starter kit, just get in touch. If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.
I hope you liked today’s card and techniques. See you on Friday for my last post highlighting Sale-a-bration.
So, you’re probably wondering how I missed my Wednesday post? I blame Barcelona. Unfortunately, my bag was stolen while I was there last weekend and this week got lost in a delayed return as I had to get an emergency passport, doing battle with insurance companies and generally sorting things out. I’m fine and at the end of the day, it was just stuff and I did get an extra day in one of my favourite cities. I’m not letting the experience mar my weekend or how I feel about Barcelona and I’ll be going back.
Anyway, on to today’s card. I made this as inspiration for our craft retreat attendees, using some of the products they received in their goody bag and taking the colours from the Party animal DSP as my starting point. I also used the “Thank You” stamp from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, So Very Much.
I used re-inkers in the Party Animal colours (Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point & Tangerine Tango) to drop ink onto a couple of folded baby wipes to create my ink pad. I wiped embossing buddy over my Whisper White layer, stamped my stamp in Versamark and then into my makeshift ink pad. Finally, I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed. I used one of the Party Animals DSP’s as my border and Crushed Curry as my base.
Want to make this? You’ll need to spend £45 in order to choose the stamp set as your Sale-a-bration item. To get there I’d suggest Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock, Party Animals DSP, ink refillers in Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango, embossing buddy, Versamark and clear embossing powder. Click on the Shop with me button and don’t forget to use the host code – TRS79Q47 – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me. Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.
Simple but effective – I love that bit of rainbow! See you on Wednesday (further disasters permitting!).
I hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are – I’m in Barcelona, enjoying lovely food, wine and company!
Today I thought I’d share one of the cards from my technique class at the recent retreat day I ran with my upline Eimear. We are planning the next one so watch this space for the date and venue.
I have my lovely friend Carol to thank for the technique I used for this class. She is a full time, super talented artist (search for Art Is by Carol Burns if you’d like to see her work) and I was chatting to her about needing techniques for my class as I’d chosen watercolouring as my theme. Carol suggested I tried watercolouring one colour on my paper, varying the intensity of the colour and then quickly, before it dried, adding plenty of salt all over. Left to dry, the salt draws and intensifies the colour and a beautiful crackled effect emerges. So I tried it with Island Indigo on watercolour paper (75 x 148.5 mm) and loved the effect.
I kept this card simple – I cut out the dragonfly outline using the Detailed Dragonfly think it dies and then cut it again out of copper foil. I slotted the two together and added tombow using a sponge so I got plenty of coverage with no splurges appearing – it’s a great way to add glue evenly. I added them to an Island Indigo base and my card was done.
Don’t forget we are in the last month of Sale-a-bration! Now is the time to stock up on essentials and get a free, limited edition product for every £45 you spend. Got a long wish list? Think about joining my team of Crafting Maestros and benefitting from an immediate 20% discount and joining a lovely family of likeminded people.
I hope you like today’s card – see you Wednesday.
I went through a phase of using Vertical Greetings a lot, a few weeks back – you may have thought I’d shown you everything I created, but I kept one back to surprise you with! This is one of the simplest and cleanest cards I’ve made, but I love it!
It’s a one layer card in thick Whisper White and it has a lot of space! But it works for me. I used my Stampin’ Write markers in Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip and Real Red to colour in the stamp, huffed on it and then stamped. I did use the stamp-a-ma-jig to help with placement. And here’s the inside:
I love this set, hope you do too! If you want to buy any of the supplies, click on the “Shop with me” button and use host code 2ZW9ECQZ to be sure of an extra thank you from me!
See you on Thursday for CAS Colours and Sketches.